Unit 38. Have you? / Are you? / Don't you? etc.
- In conversation, you can say have you? / is it? / can't he? etc. to show that you are interested or surprised. You can use these verbs in this way:
- ‘You're late.’ ‘Oh, am I? I'm sorry.’
- ‘I was ill last week.’ ‘Were you? I didn't know that.’
- ‘It's raining again.’ ‘Is it? It was sunny five minutes ago.’
- ‘Bill can't drive.’ ‘Can't he? I didn't know that.’
- ‘I'm not hungry.’ ‘Aren't you? I am.’
- ‘Sue isn't at work today.’ ‘Isn't she? Is she ill?’
Use do/does for the Present Simple, did for the Past Simple:
- ‘I speak four languages.’ ‘Do you? Which ones?’
- ‘Tom doesn't eat meat.’ ‘Doesn't he? Does he eat fish?’
- ‘Linda got married last week.’ ‘Did she? Really?’
- Question tags
|You can use … have you? /… is it? / … can't she? etc. at the end of a sentence. These ‘endings’ are question tags (= mini-questions).
A positive sentence → a negative question tag
A negative sentence → a positive question tag